25.3252, Support: Historical Linguistics, Language Acquisition, Language Documentation, Sociolinguistics, Text/Corpus Linguistics / Australia

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Subject: 25.3252, Support: Historical Linguistics, Language Acquisition, Language Documentation, Sociolinguistics, Text/Corpus Linguistics / Australia

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Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:56:09
From: Jane Simpson [jane.simpson at anu.edu.au]
Subject: Historical Linguistics, Language Acquisition, Language Documentation, Sociolinguistics, Text/Corpus Linguistics: PhD Student, Australian National University, Australia

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 Institution/Organization: Australian National University 
Department: ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Langu 
Web Address: http://www.dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/ 

Level: PhD 

Duties: Research,Project Work
 
Specialty Areas: Historical Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Language Documentation; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics 
 

Description:

Expressions of interest are now being sought for PhD positions at the new Centre 
for Excellence for theDynamics of Language (CoEDL) based at four Australian 
Universities (Australian National University (ANU), University of Melbourne, 
University of Western Sydney and University of Queensland), with partner 
institutions in Australasia and the Pacific, Asia, Europe and North America. 

For information about the aforementioned places, please contact:
- at the University of Melbourne: Rachel Nordlinger at racheln at unimelb.edu.au 
- at the University of Queensland: FelicityMeakins at f.meakins at uq.edu.au  
- at University of Western Sydney: Anne Cutler at a.cutler at uws.edu.au 

Duties and Responsibilities:
The remaining information relates to applicants to the ANU node. Potential topics 
include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Description and documentation of a traditional indigenous language of Australia or 
new Australian varieties, including Kriol, new mixed languages.
- Multigenerational documentation of an Australian language focusing on aspects 
of language-use across generations.
- Description and documentation of an undescribed Papuan language.
- Corpus-based study of an Australian or Papuan language; or of the coding of 
social-cognition across a parallel corpus.
- Quantitative sociolinguistic study of immigrant varieties of Australian English.
- Experimental studies of first language acquisition and language processing.
- Corpus- and/or fieldwork-based study of language acquisition with focus on 
intersubjective functions, preferably in a language of the Asia-Pacific region.
- Language phylogenies and human prehistory in New Guinea or South-East Asia.
- Linking language micro-evolution to language macroevolution.
- Coevolutionary interactions between language, cognition or culture.
- Evolution and co-evolution of language structures.

How to apply:
PhD applicants will need to apply for an Australian Postgraduate Award (or other 
suitable scholarship); CoEDL will supplement this with generous conference travel 
funds, and substantial training and development. Field-based PhD positions will 
undertake substantial fieldwork in the relevant speech community, with generous 
fieldwork support and mentoring.
Contact coedl at anu.edu.au with the following:
- a curriculum vitae (CV) with educational qualifications, any publications and other 
relevant experience (e.g. fieldwork, relevant internships);
- transcript of prior undergraduate and/or postgraduate degrees (will normally need 
at least 80% average to be competitive);
- a two-page statement setting out your preferred topic, potential field site (if 
relevant), what skills and personal attributes you will bring to the project, and what 
you see as the most interesting and challenging issues you will address;
- if available, other materials supporting your case (e.g. relevant articles or other 
materials);
- for applicants whose undergraduate/postgraduate theses are not in English, their 
most recent TOEFL/IELTS scores.

COEDL will then prioritise the most competitiveapplications and contact approved 
applicants about making a formal application for enrolment and scholarship through 
the regular ANU system.

Deadlines:
Deadline for initial expressions of interest (International applicants): 20 August 
2014 (formal application must be completed by 31 August).
Deadline (Australian and New Zealand Applicants):15th September 2014 (formal 
application must be completed by 31 October).

Scholarship information is available at:
http://students.anu.edu.au/scholarships/gr/off/

General information about applying is available at the application website provided 
below. 

Application Deadline: 31-Oct-2014 

Web Address for Applications: http://students.anu.edu.au/applications/gradresearch.php 

Contact Information: 
	Jane Simpson
	or Nicholas Evans
	
	coedl at anu.edu.au  





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